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Design Futures Lab Projects

July 3, 2013

A collection of full-scale interactive design objects from the lab speculating on our future domestic relationships with synthetic biology, external memory prosthesis, interactive sleep terrains and multi-sensory emotive environments. Projects 12/13 presented the work of 6 Master’s Interior Architecture & Design students pursuing a full year residency in the lab. The Design Futures Lab was a trans-disciplinary design research group led by Assistant Professor Nicole Koltick (Department of Architecture + Interiors, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design). The lab explored applied design research through a variety of approaches including: the exploration of novel form through generative design processes and digital fabrication techniques included 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC milling, enhanced interaction scenarios which deploy embedded technology including a variety of electronics, sensors and microcontrollers and the pursuit of tactile material, technological and procedural innovations. The lab collaborated with a variety of specialists in fields such as ecology, biology, biomedical engineering, interaction design and computer science. The lab mined the terrain of the complexity, philosophy and ecology of design to yield tangible outcomes that have relevance and interest for multiple disciplines and audiences. The synthesis of theory, procedures and technology from a variety of disciplines into compelling future design scenarios was a core mission of the lab. Visitors were encouraged to interact with the projects and immerse themselves in the designed future.

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